All-rounder Liam Livingstone delighted to fulfill childhood dream by making Test debut for England against Pakistan just weeks after winning the T20 World Cup
- Livingstone to make his debut for England in first Test against Pakistan
- He is scheduled to bat at No 8 and form part of a three-pronged spin attack
- The all-rounder is full of confidence following the T20 World Cup triumph
Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone has spoken of fulfilling a childhood dream after he was selected for his Test debut by England.
‘Whenever I played in the garden with my brother, it’s either Test cricket for England or the World Cup,’ he said.
‘Being able to live those two dreams over the last couple of weeks is pretty cool. It’s obviously a very proud moment.’
England all-rounder Liam Livingstone to make his debut in first Test against Pakistan
The 29-year-old Livingstone appeared to have chosen the white-ball route, but insisted: ‘I certainly never lost interest in Test cricket. I guess the way cricket is at the moment, sometimes your career gets pushed down a certain path.
‘The big decision I made was to try and play a little bit more white-ball cricket and to go to an IPL instead of playing Championship cricket, and that was to get me into a World Cup squad in 2021. Thankfully that’s ended in winning a World Cup, so I’m completely happy with the decision I made.’
And Livingstone, who was scheduled to bat at No 8 and form part of a three-pronged spin attack, said he hoped he could take the spring in his step from the T20 World Cup into the Test arena.
‘I don’t think I’ll ever lose that joy,’ he said. ‘There are no negative thoughts knocking around after winning a World Cup.’
Livingstone with Ben Stokes after England beat Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final